2016 Shows

May 1: Jack Williams 
(7:30 pm, UUCA)
Tickets Here

May 15: Martyn Joseph w/ Ian Foster  (7:30 PM, UUCA) 
Tickets here
(co-sponsored by FOCUS Music)

May 22: Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers 

(7:30 pm, TFCE)

May 29:  The BelleRegards 
(7:30 pm, Bikenetic)
Tickets Here

June 22: Freddy & Francine
(8 pm, TFCE)

June 25: Joy Ike
w/ Carolina Pelaez Duo
(8 pm, house concert)

July 3: Roosevelt Dime for
Festival BeCause
(5:00 pm, UUCA)
Tickets Here

July 23: Heather Mae
(8 pm, house concert)


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January 9: Shades of Yale w/ the Mellow Tones

8 pm (Doors at 7:30 pm)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Free Admission!
RSVP here (strongly recommended)

Shades is one of Yale University's youngest undergraduate a cappella groups. Founded in 1988 to sing music of the African Diaspora and the African-American Tradition, Shades has an incredibly diverse repertoire, ranging from R&B, pop and hip-hop to gospel, soul, jazz, funk and everything in between.  Shades has risen to become one of Yale's premiere a cappella groups since the group's inception. Its name stands as a testament to their appreciation of diversity within the group as they celebrate the depth and complexity of  the black experience. 

Shades' Mission: "We acknowledge and accept that we are endowed with both the responisbility and the privilege of giving a voice to the voiceless, and we aim to do so through the richness of our repertoire with its power to inspire and unite us and our audiences."

As a non-profit co-educational a cappella group with humble roots, Shades has toured both domestically and internationally over the years, going as far as Costa Rica, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, and China. In addition, Shades has sung alongside black music icons such as Lenny Kravitz, Angelique Kidjo, and Sweet Honey in the Rock, and performed for  the late Nelson Mandela, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

The Mellow Tones are a vibrantly spirited ensemble from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Made up of vocal majors, the Mellow Tones bridge the gap between the old and the new. Their youthful essence and vitality voice their lush harmonies, all the while staying true to the everlasting jazz genre.  The Mellow Tones learn complex arrangements and individually assigned jazz standards. When learning their standards, each student explores several quintessential artists in order to influence their own interpretations of the tune. These artists are suggested by the teacher and are also newly discovered by the students. From Ella Fitzgerald to Beyonce, from Louis Armstrong to Neo, the Mellow Tones use their many influences, both deep-rooted and fresh, in order to sing a song that speaks to all generations.  In October 2015, The Mellow Tones opened for Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. (photo above with Lamar.)


Dec. 5: A Catie Curtis Christmas

8 pm @ UUCA
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Free Concert!
Food or cash donations welcomed
to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center
(no tickets required/ RSVP optional)

For five years in a row singer/songwriter Catie Curtis has performed at the White House for the holidays, and now she is sharing that live show with a wider audience. "For me the holidays are not just about the sacred or the santa - December is about the feeling of love and possibility." Catie recorded a CD called "A Catie Curtis Christmas" featuring the songs from those White House performances. Catie's holiday shows also feature her most requested self-penned songs from her previous 13 CDs. Elana Arian, who accompanies Catie at the White House and on the CD, will be providing fiddle and vocals in Arlington VA on Dec 5th! 

Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene, crisscrossing the US for 20 years  and counting  performing shows, recording and releasing 13 CDs, with devoted fans following her every move. She's performed at the White House several times, at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, with Lilith Fair, and at Carnegie Hall. The winner of more than her share of Boston Music Awards, she also took the Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries). Catie recorded a duet with Kris Kristofferson for his CD "The Austin Sessions" and there's a good chance you've heard a song of hers in a movie or on a TV show. The New Yorker called Catie a "folk-rock goddess."

Since 2012, Catie has been the producer of Voices United Concerts, organized to raise awareness and funds for Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU). AU is a crucially important bi-partisan non-profit that lobbies, litigates and educates to protect against religious extremism  an issue Catie unequivocally supports. Voices United shows have presented a diverse lineup of performers with such greats as Sarah Silverman, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, Louis Black, Kate Clinton, John Gorka, Roy Zimmerman and Melissa Ferrick, to name just a few. The first season, in 2012, presented 75 house concerts (one in every state) over one weekend, and plans are now well underway for the 2015 Voices United Concert schedule.

When Maine-native Catie Curtis is not writing, recording, touring or producing concerts, she also officiates and performs at fans' weddings (having received her ordination online in 2011), teaches at song schools around the country, leads high school songwriting workshops, speaks on diversity, and runs a songwriter retreat in Maine every summer called "Catie at the Cove."

Catie's 13th album, Flying Dream (2014), continues her songwriting signature of being deep and soulful, telling honest and universal truths of the experience of living. Flying Dream is a start-to-finish collaboration with Sugarland co-founder and modern folk songwriting luminary Kristen Hall. After being introduced by Mary Gauthier, says Curtis, "We discovered that we were very compatible in writing together. After we had a couple songs under our belts, we both wanted to keep going and Kristin wanted to produce the album."

Curtis came to the creation of this album with a desire to articulate "some really universal experiences." "What's eerie," she says, "is how much the songs ended up being true to my life." It's no accident that the album is bookended by songs that deal with choosing to not withdraw from life, but rather savor the simple, sensual and sacred surprises it brings.
"My goal is not just to reflect my own personal life, but to reflect back to people what happens in life, in their lives, in our world," she says. "As we all know, sh#t happens." Wise words from a truly intrepid songwriter.